Bob-by! Bob-by! Bob-by! The war cries and crazy eyes apparently aren't going anywhere. We don't expect the chants will, either.
Free-agent forward Bobby Portis has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, with a second-year player option, according to Stadium's Shams Charania.
Portis reportedly turned down potential offers from Dallas and Miami. The 26-year-old NBA champion became a beloved member of the city of Milwaukee in 2021 and played a crucial role in the postseason when Giannis Antetokounmpo was sidelined for two games with a hyperextended knee in the Eastern Conference finals.
Portis started seven regular-season games in 2020-2021, his first season with the Bucks, and averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, playing about 20 minutes per night in 66 games. He scored 22 points, a playoff career-high, on 9-of-20 shooting in Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks.
A product of Arkansas, Portis entered the NBA via the first round (22nd overall) in the 2015 draft. He spent three full seasons in Chicago, and part of a fourth -- he was traded to Washington, along with Jabari Parker in February 2019 -- and played the 2019-20 season for the Knicks.
Portis originally signed with Milwaukee on November 25, 2020 after New York declined to pick up the $15.75 million team option in his contract.